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Friday Food For Thought: Ubiquitous mechanisation of modern life

Posted by Malgorzata Stankiewicz on 09.03.2012 - Tagged as: , , , , ,


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, machine is ‘an apparatus using mechanical power and having several parts, each with a definite function and together performing a particular task.’ What happens however, if a meticulously devised machine happens to perform a task of a rather

indeterminate nature and is seemingly devoid of the aforementioned ‘definite function’ altogether? Well, it could either be a poorly engineered device, or the good old Rube Goldberg machine, whose most recent rendition by a Brooklyn-based kinetic artist Joseph Herscher has caught our attention. In the 2.08-minute clip, which has been watched by more than 5 million YouTube viewers since late December 2011, Joseph is seen seating by a table, ready to enjoy a perusal of a daily newspaper. Then he takes a sip of coffee…


to Joseph Herscher’s website



And here, in three installments, another Rube Goldberg machine, as reinterpreted by the renowned

Zurich-based contemporary artist duo Fischli Weiss titled ‘Der Lauf der Dinge.’


‘Der Lauf der Dinge’ – Part 1


‘Der Lauf der Dinge’ – Part 2


‘Der Lauf der Dinge’ – Part 3

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